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Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Bellevue, NE

National Parks
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Address: 1111 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, NE 68005, USA How do we get there? Number: (402) 731-3140
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After a day out in Omaha city, you might want to get back to nature and Fontenelle Forest Nature Center is the perfect choice!

Founded back in 1913, Fontenelle Forest is actually one of Nebraska's oldest conservation organizations! If that wasn't impressive enough, it's also one of the largest private nature centers in the entire USA!

It's here you can explore over 2,100 acres of various landscapes including forest, wetlands and prairie, all along the Missouri River. It's where you can enjoy the quiet wild of nature and be inspired!

Did we mention that Fontenelle Forest is also a National Natural Landmark AND listed on the National Register of Historic Sites!

Walking or hiking the trails of the Fontenelle Forest really is an experience unlike any other within the Omaha metro area. These unique areas have been protected since 1913 and are home to many beautiful and unique species of plants and animals! 

It's not just walking and hiking that you can enjoy at this special natural wonder. You can visit the Raptor Woodland Refuge, or visit the indoor Habitat Hollow where kids can learn all about the wildlife. It might be the fun Acorn Acres that the playful little ones might grativate to, or you can enjoy the art at the Baright Gallery!

With so much to see and do at Fontenelle Forest, it might be that you need TWO family days out here! You never know, but there's only one way to find out! C'mon kids, nature is calling!

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Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please pay your admission and pick up a trail map at the Visitor Services desk.

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How much does it cost?






$8 (Ages 2 to 17)



$10 per seniors, free for members


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2 years


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Fontenelle Forest Nature Center FAQ’s

They are all about conservation! They protect the wetlands and the wildlife, and you can even sponsor a raptor if you like to help support them!

Strollers are free to rent on a first come, first served basis

They have a strict no pet policy

They love hosting summer camps and school programs so just check out the website and give them a call to find out more!

Strollers are free to rent on a first come, first served basis

Wheelchairs are free to rent on a first come, first served basis

You can hire binoculars and snow shoes for a small fee if you need them!

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